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makings of a memory keeper | my favorite embellishments

Memory-Keeing: Why I Do It + Some Favorites | @MaggieWMassey for @HeidiSwapp

makings of a memory keeper | my favorite embellishments

Memory-Keeing: Why I Do It + Some Favorites | @MaggieWMassey for @HeidiSwapp

All week long, the members of Heidi’s Media Team have been sharing their thoughts and ideas on what it means to be a Memory-Keeper, as well as giving you some tips on ways they choose to document…

…now it’s my turn.

So today – to start –  I’m going to share with you my very favorite pieces from Heidi’s new Embellishment Kits. These kits make documenting sooooooo easy – everything you need to dress up your Theme Book/Time Capsule/Memory Planner/scrapbook page/pocket-scrap spread is all right there in one little box.

The kits are available at Michaels Stores (near the Project Life section) and come in these 4 styles:319900_HS_MemoryKeeping_TimeCapsuleEmbelishmentKit

The Time Capsule Kit


The Family Kit


The Travel Kit


and The Memory Planner Kit

Each kit contains the same types of embellishments (plus washi tape & a stamp set!) in different colors & themes and here are some of the things I love the most…

Memory-Keeing: Why I Do It + Some Favorites | @MaggieWMassey for @HeidiSwapp

The little chipboard & acrylic icons and words that are included in the kits are the best! They are the perfect little extra addition to any page.

Memory-Keeing: Why I Do It + Some Favorites | @MaggieWMassey for @HeidiSwapp

The paper & binder clips are a definite necessity – and I LOVE how each kit includes its own type of clip.

Memory-Keeing: Why I Do It + Some Favorites | @MaggieWMassey for @HeidiSwapp

Something I couldn’t do without is the sheet of alpha & icon stickers in each kit. They are just the right size for adding titles to your photos or for adding extra emphasis to your journaling.

Memory-Keeing: Why I Do It + Some Favorites | @MaggieWMassey for @HeidiSwapp

And my VERY FAVORITE kit embellishments? The word stickers! Although each kit contains its own set of stickers, they can be mixed and matched to create your very own custom page look! And with so many choices on each sheet, you won’t have any trouble finding the perfect phrase…

Memory-Keeing: Why I Do It + Some Favorites | @MaggieWMassey for @HeidiSwapp

This set of word stickers comes with the Favorite Theme Book and is just as awesome as the word stickers above! I love that these stickers are clear…and that font is so simple and PERFECT!

Memory-Keeing: Why I Do It + Some Favorites | @MaggieWMassey for @HeidiSwapp

And to give you an idea of how I like to use my favorite embellishments in my Favorite Theme Book, I whipped up a few pages…

Memory-Keeing: Why I Do It + Some Favorites | @MaggieWMassey for @HeidiSwapp

So simple…so easy. Just a photo, a story & a few extras…

Memory-Keeing: Why I Do It + Some Favorites | @MaggieWMassey for @HeidiSwapp

A few stickers help to fill out my pages without making them look too embellished…


Memory-Keeing: Why I Do It + Some Favorites | @MaggieWMassey for @HeidiSwapp

…and – no joke – these pages took me about 10-15 minutes each to create. That’s it! An entire story told (and decorated!) in the time it takes to boil some pasta.

Memory-Keeing: Why I Do It + Some Favorites | @MaggieWMassey for @HeidiSwapp

Have a photo you want to document, but it doesn’t fit into the 4×4 spaces in the Theme Books? No worries – just use a clip to attach it to the page and add a note card (available in the Memory Planner Kit) or piece of patterned paper to the photo opening.

Memory-Keeing: Why I Do It + Some Favorites | @MaggieWMassey for @HeidiSwapp

I just love how these pages turned out. By keeping the decorating simple, your eye is drawn to the photograph and to the story it tells…and that’s what’s important.

Which leads me to the next part of my post…

…now that you’ve seen part of the how I like to document…I’d like to share some of the why. Now bear with me – I can tend to get a bit wordy when I start to talk about this…

I’ve never really liked the term “scrapbooker.” For me, it brings up visions of middle-aged ladies with bad perms sitting around  in ugly sweaters putting little teddy bear stickers on photos.


I much prefer “documenter” or “memory-keeper” or even “story-teller.”

And I do what I do I because need to.

It’s true.

I have an overwhelming desire to write down what happens in my life and in the lives of those in my family.

I’ve always documented events – always. I have album after album of photos from grade school on up decorated with words and phrases cut from magazines. They have followed me from house to college to apartment to house throughout my life…and every single time I open them I relive the moments the photos were taken.

I love that I can be taken back to a crazy cold summer day sightseeing in Sweden when I was in high school, or to a college football game with friends (go Illini!), or to the births of my children (sigh.) or to a recent hike with my kids – just by looking at a photo and reading a few words. And each time I look at those old (and new) photos I think “oh man! I had forgotten [fill in the blank]!”

Now what if I hadn’t taken photos or written those things down?

They would never be remembered.

Because if I didn’t remember them – who would? And who would pass those memories down to my kids and their kids and so on?


So I document (scrapbook, keep memories, tell stories, etc.) because I need to. Because it’s important. And because those stories matter. They are proof that we were here and that we actually lived.

How many times have you looked at an old photo of a person or a family and there was nothing written on it? Nothing to tell you who you are looking at or what they were feeling or why they were there? It happens often in my own life…and it always makes me sad.

I have photo after photo of my dad with various family members…but not a single photo names the people or places shown and most don’t even include a date.

These photos leave me with a sense of emptiness…like I’m missing parts of who my dad was before I knew him. And now that he’s gone I will never know what I don’t know.

And that’s the worst.

So I write stuff down.

I write a lot of stuff down.

The beautiful paper and amazing books and embellishments are just icing on the cake. Those feed my need to be creative.

But the important thing is the documenting.

The words.

The photos.

The stories…no matter how big or how small.

And now I’ve come full circle…

I think one of the things I love most about the new Memory Keeping Collection is that the whole idea is to just get stuff written down. There is no need for fancy, crazy, over-done embellishments…just a few little bits and your pages are perfect.

And you will remember


Memory-Keeing: Why I Do It + Some Favorites | @MaggieWMassey for @HeidiSwapp

Supplies: Items from the new Heidi Swapp Memory Keeping Collection available at Michaels stores: Favorite Theme Book, Memory Planner Embellishment Kit, Family Embellishment Kit, Travel Embellishment Kit, Time Capsule Embellishment Kit



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